Thursday, February 16, 2012

It Can Now Be Mentioned

A few days ago, I published a post with some information I couldn't yet disclose.  See the reference to "some job thing that cannot be mentioned yet" in this post.  Finally, however, DH's company has announced the change, so I'm now free to blog about it.

Not to brag, but a mere six months after starting his current job, my DH has impressed them so much that he has been offered a more important position.  The job is more of a lateral move than an upward one, as the job level is the same, but he changes from having no actual employees working for him to having a team of eleven.  I'm very, very proud of him.  Of course, this is the man who was able to get not one but two job offers in the abysmal job market that was the tech industry after nine-eleven, so I'm not at all surprised!

While the job is a tremendous change for him in his professional life, the really big change, for both of us, is that it is in the Texas office!  Yep, that's right. We're moving back to the States.  We debated back and forth for days before he accepted the position, as we both prefer Canada for any number of reasons, and we definitely prefer the four seasons here in Ontario to the blistering heat of Texas.  But the fact that both of our moms live down there finally decided us.

This is not a permanent move.  We have not abandoned The Plan.  Have I talked about The Plan here?  It's pretty simple, really.  It  revolves around getting back to Vancouver, BC.  We left it close to ten years ago and still long for it.  (For more than a year after we were forced to leave due to post-nine-eleven issues, I almost couldn't say words beginning with a 'V' without bursting into tears.  I missed it that much.  Still do, as a matter of fact.  Writing this makes me a bit teary-eyed still.) At any rate, fear not, this move back to Texas will not interfere with that.  We still plan to move back after retirement, if not before.

In the meantime, Texas is where I grew up, it's where my mom still lives.  It's where DH and I met, and his mom has recently moved there, too.  We'll be moving to Austin, where we lived when we first got together, and where I attended university and lived a significant portion of my adult life.  We still have tons of friends there.  It will be good to be back there with all those people we love, at least  for a few years.

And the food.  Did I mention the food?  We'll be able to get REAL Tex-Mex again!  And real chorizo!  And margaritas almost as good as the ones in Mexico itself.  There's Chuy's and Texadelphia and the Magnolia Cafe!  There's the Brick Oven Pizza Restaurant and the Salt Lick.  And that's not to mention home cooking from both our families.  I'm going to gain so much weight!

As to the logistics, we're going to have to rent a house, 'cause we're not planning to move back until next September.  His new job officially starts on March 1, but we're delaying due to temperature and a citizenship issue.  Still, Texas, here we come!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

What HASN'T Changed?


I've been subconsciously avoiding the web lately (my blogs, Facebook, everything!) because I've needed to focus my attention on so many other areas of my life.  I hadn't realized, but the thought of trying to keep up with web stuff TOO was completely overwhelming.

I'm feeling better now, though.  I feel more settled, even if many things are still up in the air.

As many of you know, we've been trying to sell our house, on and off, for about three years now.  And with DH's new job last June, it became imperative that we do so.  We cast a spell to make the house attractive to potential buyers--everyone LOVED it, raved about how wonderful it was, but no one made an offer.  We cleansed the entire property of negative energy--we got two very weak and too low offers.  Then, finally, in desperation, I cast an off-the-cuff spell to actually SELL the place.

This went along with the risky strategy to actually RAISE the price from the original asking price set in June.  We'd never done it, our realtor had never tried it, but it was the only thing that made sense, for various reasons.

Within two weeks of raising the price and within three days of casting that last spell, we had not one but TWO very good offers!  (I guess it pays to be careful what you ask for.)  We accepted one of them late on the evening of December 30th, just a couple of hours before the secular New Year's Eve.  I don't know if I've ever been so relieved!

Since then, it's been meetings and appraisal dates and what have you.  Crazy!  We finally met the conditions and can now consider the house "Sold" a couple of weeks ago!

We began the process of finding a new house the first weekend in January, as soon as we could after the holiday.  We found two that we really liked, even if they were a bit farther from DH's job than we liked.  We were weighing the pros and cons of each and trying to make a decision when we found out about "some job thing that cannot be mentioned yet."  Because of this yet-to-be-announced change, we're once more in limbo, waiting to see whether we should buy a house or just rent one.  More on that later, but whatever happens, we're committed to closing on this house (and therefore being out of it) by March 30th!

At the same time those changes are going on, we've started roleplaying again.  I know that doesn't sound like a big change to most of you, but trust me, it is.  DH and I both love it, and we hadn't done it for the last few years because we were in limbo.  (Never mind that we're even more in limbo now!) But in the space of a month or so, we've got two games going.  A one-shot this weekend, and a Shadowrun campaign to run indefinitely.  And, let me tell you, it feels GOOD to be writing up characters and getting ready to play again.

I feel as if we're in a grand adventure in both our real and our fantasy lives!